Monday, September 7, 2015
Far Out Fairy Tales: Ninja-Rella
Stone Arch Books, 2015
Audience: Younger Teens, Children
Cinderella's stepmother and two stepsisters treat her like dirt. Each and every day, they force her to clean their clothes, cook their meals, and only give her rags to wear and crumbs to eat. But each night, in secret and in shadows, Cinderella trains to be a ninja! More than anything, Cinderellayearns to becomethe Prince's personal bodyguard. When the opportunity to prove her worth to the Prince finally arrives in the form of an invitation to a royal costume ball, Cinderella's stepmother won't let her go! But this time around, Ninja-rella isn't going to take "no" for an answer . . .
This book was a blast to read. Ninjas are so cool and when you mix them with a dainty fairy tale princess, you get awesome. Ninja-Rella is a strong character and is not interested in princess things. My only criticism of the story was that it never explains what happens to Ninja-Rella’s parents. They just past away mysteriously. I feel like in older versions of fairy tales, that works. However, modern stories usually offer an explanation. Once I got over being concerned about Ninja-Rella’s parents, I absolutely loved the story again. I don’t want to spoil it, but the ninja twist on the classic glass slipper, pumpkin, etc. is almost better than the original. And of course, she lives happily ever after.